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Rowers Surprised to Reach Worlds

"We were surprised as anybody else,'' Susan Greenberg of the Saugatuck Rowing Club said after she and Alex Zadravec were chosen to the U.S. Junior Team in the women's double sculls. The rowers will compete in the upcoming World Rowing Junior Championships Aug. 4-7 in Racice, Czech Republic.

Greenberg and Zadravec rowed on Saugatuck's quad that finished second at the Junior National title in June. However, they had not raced as a double until the Junior selection camp last month. "They weren't expecting much out of us,'' said Alex, who will be a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Susan will be a senior at Staples. "We threw down a pretty good race,'' Susan added. "It surprised everybody how well we raced."

Greenberg and Zadravec finished second behind Sophie Heywood and Alix Chrumka in the best two-of-three finals. Heywood and Chrumka, however, elected to concentrate on making the team in the women's quadruple sculls. That left the ticket to Racice for Greenberg and Zadravec.

Since being chosen for the team, have been training at the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford. Greenberg has rowed at Saugatuck for five years, and Zadravec for four. The girls have a good relationship now, but that has not always been the case. "We've had our ups and downs,'' Susan says.

The goal next month is crack the top 10. No U.S. team has ever placed that high in the World Championships. They are not entirely sure what to expect about the whole experience, but are eager to get their chance. "It's a whole different style of racing,'' Greenberg says. "I just want to go fast."

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